Friday, April 17, 2015

April Birchbox

I like this box. It reminds me of Spring and my Grandma.

The card says, "There's a reason they call it spring. The fresh blooms and fresh air have put a bounce in our step, and we're thrilled to update our look (hello, new colors and trends). Even your Birchbox has gotten in on the fun: This month's box features an exclusive print designed by Rifle Paper Co. Founded by a genius husband-and-wife duo, the brand is known for its stunning illustrations and covetable stationary - we love them, and hope you do too!" The back of the card has a list of all the products in the box, and a description.

Clean Original Eau de Parfum: "This airy scent blends light fruits and florals for a freshly washed feeling. Spritz onto pulse points like wrists, neck, and behind the knees." I have had samples of this perfume before. It smells like laundry detergent. I can't make my mind up if I like it or not. At times it is a pleasant smell to me.

Not Soap, Radio Body Wash - Bathing with sharks: "This richly foaming cleanser has an energizing, beachy scent. Massage generously into damp skin, then rinse away - or add a dollop to your bath." It smells good to me. I will use this in the shower. I like using these kinds of body washes instead of bars of soap. I am still finishing all the Lush shower gels and Fortune Cookie body wash, but I can add this to the mix.

Paula's Choice RESIST 25% Vitamin C Spot Treatment: "This concentrated treatment fades dark spots, combats redness, and minimizes fine lines. At night, lightly pat onto dark spots and wrinkles. Wear SPF during the day." I have heard nothing but good things about this brand. I will try it out. I am skeptical about products like this because I'm not sure I see them working.

Jane Iredale Just Kissed Lip and Cheek Stain: "This multitasking, long-lasting color adjusts to your skin for a natural, customized shade. Glide onto lips. Dab onto cheeks and blend well." I like products like this. I will have to try it out. I think the shade is Forever Pink.

Real Chemistry Luminous 3-Minute Peel: "This acid-free peel gently exfoliates for instantly softer, smoother, brighter skin. Apply to clean face and massage to slough off dully, dry skin. Rinse away." I haven't exfoliated by face for a while. I probably should get back to doing that. Don't they say you should do it once a week? I can't remember. 

This will be fun to experiment with these new products this month. It seems like the IPSY bag had more makeup in it, and the Birchbox had more skincare.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

April IPSY Bag

The IPSY Bag for this month looks Bohemian. I like it.

KCO Colors Lipstick in Natural Born Beauty: This reminds me of the Kylie Jenner lip color that has been so popular this year.

Jor'el Parker Femina Perfume: The notes are meyer lemon, white grapefruit, satsuma mandarin, summer forsythia, pink plumeria, wild verbena, and tahitian vanilla. It smells OK to me. I'm not sure if I like it. It may be too strong.

Hikari Blush in Tango: The blush color is on the left side. It is a bright, matte pink. I think it is pretty. 

The Balm Nude Dude Palette in Flirty: It is a pretty brown and gold shimmery color. It is on the right side. I like The Balm eyeshadows.

Lather Ultra Light Face Lotion: I haven't tried this yet. It is an everyday facial moisturizer.

I like what I got in this IPSY bag. Nothing is very exciting to me to be honest. I wonder if I should have subscribed to this bag.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Pretty Makeup Looks

These are looks I found on Youtube that I have copied and liked. I use my own makeup, and sometimes it is the same as the person doing the look. They are not for a particular season or fall into a certain category, like "Back to School Makeup", so that is why I group them all into "pretty makeup looks." I tried to find a drugstore dupe, but if I didn't I listed the color so you could dupe it with the makeup you already have.

1. Makeup Tutorial: NARS Anna & Naked 3 by AllThatFresh
a. Foundation
b. Concealer
c. Eye Primer
d. Brows
e. Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette in Limit (light dusty rose matte), crease
f. Nooner (medium pinky-brown matte), crease
g. Burnout (light pinky-peach satin), lid
h. Dust (pale metallic pink shimmer with iridescent micro-glitter), lid: Wet 'n Wild Walking on Eggshells, eyelid color
i. Concealer, under eye triangle
j. Powder to set concealer
k. Liar (medium metallic mauve shimmer), outer lid, crease
l. Strange (pale neutral pink matte-satin), under brow
m. Black Liquid Liner, upper lash line, wing
n. Nooner, lower lash line, wing
o. Mascara
p. NYC Sunny (matte bronzer), back of the cheeks, temples
q. NYX Taupe (cool brown), under cheekbones, temples
r. Jordana Blush in Rose Silk (matte, light pink/mauve): Revlon Photoready Sculpting Blush Palette in Berry
s. Nude Lip Liner
t. NARS Audacious Lipstick in Anna (smoky rose, semi-matte finish): Revlon Colorburst Lipstick in Rosy Nude
My Thoughts: I don't contour my face anymore because it just looks unnatural on me.

2. Everyday Makeup Tutorial Wing Liner by MakeupByEvon
a. Foundation
b. Concealer
c. Elf Contouring Blush & Bronzer in St. Lucia, bronzer side (has sparkle) in the crease
d. Black Liquid Liner, upper lash line, wing
e. Dark matte chocolate brown, lower lash line
f. Mascara
g. Bronzer, under cheekbones, temples, hairline, nose, chin
h. Elf Contouring Blush & Bronzer in St. Lucia, blush (has sparkle, peachy/pink) on cheeks and nose
i. Chapstick has a pink tint: Elf Conditioning Lip Balm in Peaceful Pink
My Thoughts: This looks is really quick and easy, but it looks polished.

3. Simple 3-Step Glam Purple Smokey Eye! For ALL Eye Shapes & Colours by Chloe Morello

a. Max Factor Excess Shimmer in Pink Pearl (gel, lavender), lid, lower lash line
b. Max Factor Liquid Effect Eye Liner Pencil in Violet Voltage (purple), upper lash line, lower lash line, smudge it out
c. Hourglass Ambient Blush in Mood Exposure (soft plum, satin): Rimmel Mauve Cool
d. Chanel Mouche de Beaute Illuminator, top of cheekbones
e. Max Factor Brown & Nude Lip Liner (natural, peach), line and fill it in: Jordana Tawny
f. Max Factor Colour Elixir Maroon Dust Lipstick (brown, pink): NYX Lip Gloss in Natural

4. FAV Eyeshadow Combos | February 2015 by macshadowcombos

a. MAC Teal Pigment (metallic teal), inner half of lid
b. MAC Black Tied (matte black base with silver sparkles on top), outer half of lid, 8th shade in Wet 'n Wild Blue Had Me At Hello
c. MAC Copperplate (matte, grayish brown), crease
My Thoughts: For blush I wore Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso, and for lips I wore Revlon Super Lustrous Lip Gloss in Peach Pango. I thought at first it wouldn't look good on me because I thought it was more of a cool-toned look, but I think it looked good on me.

5. #EverdayGlam Makeup Tutorial by TheMakeupChair
a. Face Primer
b. Foundation
c. Concealer
d. Powder
e. Benefit The Rockateur Blush (shimmery rose gold): Milani Baked Blush in Rose D'Oro
f. Eye Primer
g. Brows
h. Mememe Bronzer Shimmer Stack (shimmery bronzer), warmer shades, crease
i. lightest shade, under brow, inner corner (shimmery cream)
j. Blend it out
k. Mascara
l. Benefit Rockateur Lip Gloss (rose gold)

6. Makeup & Outfit Ideas for Work! by AllThatFresh
a. Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette, Salted Caramel (warm-toned, muted, medium orange with hints of brown and a matte finish), crease
b. Hazelnut (medium-dark, golden bronze with a soft, frosted sheen), crease
c. Haute Chocolate (slightly muted, dark chocolate brown with warm, reddish undertones and a frosted finish), crease
d. White Chocolate (warm-toned, pale beige with a matte finish), blend edge of eyeshadow out
e. Salted Caramel, blend everything out in the crease
f. White Chocolate, under brow
g. Marzipan (warm, peachy-orange with a frosted, slightly metallic, finish), lid
h. Haute Chocolate, lower lash line
i. Becca Flower Child Blush: Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso
j. MAC Soft and Gentle, top of cheekbones: Hard Candy So Baked Bronzer in Tiki
k. Sonia Kashuk Lipstick in Nude Pink
My Thoughts: I love the rose gold color on the lid. The lipstick is the perfect nude pink color for my skin coloring. It doesn't wash me out.

7. Prom Tutorial | Makeup, Hair, Outfit by MsRosieBea
a. Inglot 351 (white), lid: Wet 'n Wild Vanity, 1st color
b. Inglot 335 (matte rusty orange), crease, lower lash line: Wet 'n Wild Desert Festival, upper right color
c. Inglot 11 (champagne), lid: Too Faced Sugar & Spice Palette, Champagne Truffle
d. Inglot 43 (bronze with a hint of gold), outer half of lid, lower lash line: NYX Bronze Smokey Look Kit, 3rd row, 3rd color
e. Blend it out.
f. Inglot 21 (bronze brown pearl), outer half of lid: Physicians Formula Brown Eye Candy, 3rd color
g. Blend it out.
h. Stila's In The Light Palette in Ebony, upper lash line
i. Same Palette, Kitten, inner corner
j. NYX Blush in Coral Dream (midtone coral pink with a matte finish): Milani Lady Rouge Rose Powder Blush
k. NYX Lip Liner in Natural, line and fill it in: Jordana Lip Liner in Tawny
l. MAC Lipstick in Hue: Maybelline Color Sensational Born With It
m. NYX Lip Gloss in Fortune Cookie: NYX Mega Shine Lip Gloss in Natural
My Thoughts: The blush is a pretty color. It is a good quality blush. The Tawny Lip Liner reminds me of a Kylie Jenner type lip color.

8. My Go-To Long Wearing / Simple Makeup Look by Casey Holmes
a. Makeup Geek Creme Brûlée, crease: Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette in Salted Caramel
b. Makeup Geek Preppy, crease: Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar in Mousse
c. Makeup Geek Shimma Shimma, lid: The Balm Nude'tude Palette in Stand-offish
d. Black Liquid Liner, upper lash line
e. Makeup Geek Infatuation Blush: NYC Blushable Creme Stick in South St. Seashell
f. Shimma Shimma, top of cheekbones
g. Makeup Geek Vanilla Bean, under brow: 4th shade in Wet 'n Wild Lust
h. Black Eye Liner, waterline
i. Darker brown, plum undertone, lower lash line (I skipped this step.)
j. Preppy, lower lash line
k. Essence Lip Liner in Soft Berry, line and fill it in: Jordana Easyliner for Lips in Baby Berry
l. NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in London: Bonnebell Lip Lites in Cappuccino
My Thoughts: I feel like the lip color brings this look together. Her version is more of a purple lip, while mine is more of a berry. I like the berry color more.

9. Peachy Pink FULL FACE PROM Makeup Tutorial by Carli Bybel
a. L'Oreal La Nude No.2 Palette, grayish brown color, crease: MAC Quarry
b. Same Palette, darker brown, smaller blending brush, outer lid: Wet 'n Wild Vanity, 3rd color
c. Makeup Geek In the Spotlight, lid: The Balm Nude'tude Eyeshadow Palette in Stand-offish
d. Makeup Forever Diamond Powder in Rue La Boetie, lid: Maybelline Eye Studio Color Explosion Amthyst Ablazed, top glitter
e. Black Liquid Liner, upper lash line, wing
f. In the Spotlight, center of lower lash line
g. L'Oreal La Nude No.2, 3rd and 4th color, pencil brush, outer 1/3 and inner 1/3 of lower lash line: MAC Quarry
h. Diamond Powder, lower lash line
i. White Eye Liner, waterline
j. L'Oreal La Nude No.2, 1st color, under brow: Wet 'n Wild Lust, 4th color
k. Revlon Photoready Skinlights in Pink and Peach, top of cheekbones, nose: Boots No.7 High Lights Illuminating Lotion
l. L'Oreal La Nude No.2, 1st color, top of cheekbones
m. MAC Toledo Ombre Blush in Ripe Peach: Sonia Kashuk Blush in Sunset
n. MAC Boldly Bare Lip Liner: Elf Feather Proof Moisturizing Lip Liner in Bark
o. Gerard Cosmetics Lipstick in Kimchi Doll: Wet 'n Wild Megalast Lipcolor in Just Peachy
p. Gerard Cosmetics Lip Gloss in Coral Craze: Palladio Herbal Lip Gloss in Clearly Coral

10. "No Makeup" Makeup Tutorial by Rachel Clark
a. Maybelline Master Glaze Cheek Cream Blush, I used Pinched Pink
b. Benefit's Watt's Up, top of cheekbones, nose, cupid's bow
c. Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette, Naked 2, crease: Revlon Colorstay Palette in Attitude, top right corner
d. NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk, under brows
e. MAC Lip Pencil in Whirl, line and fill it in: Jordana Easyliner for Lips Retractable Pencil in Tawny

Monday, March 30, 2015

March Favorites

TV Shows

Bob's Burgers: This month I figured out how to get Netflix on my computer, so I watched a lot of TV shows and movies. I heard Leighannsays talk about this show on her Youtube channel. She dressed up as Tina for Halloween. This show reminds me of The Simpson's because I think it is funny for children and adults. Also this month I was looking up Myers-Brigg characters, and Tina just happens to be an INFP (which is the same as me), so she has a special place in my heart.

Adventure Time: I heard about this show from Michelle Phan on Youtube. I think she said she was friends with the artists for this show. It is a very bizarre world. The main character is a boy and his sidekick is a shape shifting dog. They go on all kinds of adventures. I thought it was pretty funny and interesting. I like the different personalities, and I don't know what to expect.

The IT Crowd: My mom introduced me to this show I think several years ago, and I thought it was hilarious. It is a show from England. The two guys are nerds who work in the basement in the IT department of their work. The woman is their supervisor, who knows nothing about computers, and quickly becomes their friend. It is pretty silly humor, but I like it and I like the characters. 

Boys Over Flowers: This is a Korean Drama. When I first started watching this I thought it was a comedy, but it is does have drama in it. I haven't watched all of the episodes yet. It is about a girl who was just delivering laundry to someone at a wealthy school. He was being bullied, and she rescued him from jumping off the roof (not everything in this show is entirely believable). The news captured it, and the school looked bad because of the bullying, so they invited her to attend this private school for rich kids. The four guys are in this very elite clique. The girl stood up to the boy that was doing the bullying, and then he started to bother her. I don't know why, but I am addicted to this show! I think I like the girl because I relate to her being awkward, and wanting to stand up for what is right. And the guys are very cute too!

Favorite Movies

Ju-On The Grudge: This movie is one of the scariest movies I have ever seen! I saw this first in the theater. This was before the American version came out, so I didn't know the story at all. I didn't know what to expect. It is based on the idea that when someone is killed in a very bad way, there is a curse that happens. So this family is killed, and anyone who enters this house where it happens is marked with a curse. It is like a haunted house, and there are ghosts. 

Favorite Beauty Products

Pantene Pro V Volumizing Shampoo for Fine Hair: I used to use this a long time ago, but someone told me that Pantene products are very bad for the hair. I don't know if that is true because my mom has always used Pantene and she has beautiful hair. I like this shampoo because it does give volume.

Eva NYC Up All Night Volumizing Spray: This gives volume and is a heat protectant. You spray this on your hair when you get out of the shower. I like how it gives volume and is a heat protectant in one bottle. I think I got this in my IPSY bag.

Pur-lisse Pur-delicate Gentle Soy Milk Cleanser and Makeup Remover: This is a nice, light weight facial cleanser. It has a very light, clean smell.

3-in-1 Revolution Light by LeeAnni Eco: I got this in my IPSY Bag too. This is what it says about this on the IPSY website: "Great for normal to oily skin and during warmer weather. Toner, Serum, and Moisturizer in One. This Revolutionary Lotion will save you time during busy morning rush and moisturize your face all day long! Help tighten skin, reduce breakouts, relieve dark circles under eyes, moisturize, fight aging, treat sun damages, and calm irritated skin. Gluten-Free. Natural. Vegan." I have been putting this on after I wash my face. I don't think I would buy the full size, but I am using this up. It feels good on the skin.

Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre (24-Hour Miracle Cream): I love this cream for moisturizing my face! I have seen makeup artists use this on Youtube, and I never thought I would get to try it for myself. I don't know if I can go back to any other moisturizer! The only problem is a still need to wear an SPF because this has no SPF in it. I think I got this in my Birchbox.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Spring Lush Gift!

My Best (and longest) Internet Friend sent me a package in the mail!!! It said LUSH on the box, so I knew right away what was inside. The wrapping reminds me of the 60's hippies, and a few of the things inside the box remind me of the hippie culture too. This package is called, "Bright and Breezy" it says, "Three cheerful products to put a spring in your step." What a thoughtful gift!

Each Peach (And Two's A Pair) Massage Bar: A cheery citrus bar with cocoa, avocado and mango butters to make skin softer and moods brighter. You are supposed to massage this onto dry skin, and it will melt upon contact.

Happy Hippy Shower Gel: Enjoy an early morning trip to the shower with this cheerful gel bursting with fresh pink grapefruit juice, bergamot and frankincense essential oils. I love the smell of pink grapefruit! This reminds me of the "Happy Hippy" Dance they had at the school I work at. Everyone was supposed to dress as a Hippie.

Karma Soap: Our classic exotic and earthy soap. Use on your hands and body to enjoy wafts of patchouli, sweet orange and lemongrass oils all day long - spread the good Karma! This is another thing that reminds me of Hippies - the patchouli. 

Friday, March 13, 2015

March IPSY Bag

This is the bag for this month. I like the bright colors, but I don't like the pattern.

Crown Brush AC012 Shadow/Crease Duet: I really like this brush! It is very soft. I have never had a crown brush before. One side is a pencil brush, and the other side would be a good fluffy, crease brush.

Pur-lisse Pur-delicate Gentle Soy Milk Cleanser and Makeup Remover: This says it is sulfate-free and non-drying. It gently washes away dirt and makeup (even mascara). It also soothes and tones skin. It is for all skin types. I will try this out.

3 in 1 Revolution Light: It says it is a toner serum and moisturizer in one. It says it is healthy food for your skin. It is for normal to oily skin. I haven't tried this yet, so I don't know if I like it or not.

NYX Butter Lipstick in Little Susie: I have heard people talk about the NYX Butter Lipsticks. It is a pretty warm pink color.

Pixi Petra Mesmerizing Mineral Duo in Apricot Glow: I have seen Pixi sold at Target, and it is expensive for a drugstore makeup brand. This seems to be a shimmery eye shadow duo. One color is a shimmery peach/apricot (it looks gold in the picture) and the other color is a shimmery bronze.

I am the most happy to get the brush.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

March Birchbox

I have to be honest with this box. I think it looks very strange. I don't get it. It must be the latest trendy art movement?

This month's theme is creativity. I'm not sure what that has to do what is inside the box because to me it seems like the sort of things that are normally in the box, but I guess doing your hair and makeup can be a creative thing. The card says, "I feel most creative when I ... When do you feel most creative? Fill out the front of this card, share it, and tag #birchbox and #giveaway for a chance to win full-size versions of everything in your box!" I am not going to do this, but I will answer the question right now. I feel the most creative when I put on makeup. I feel like an artist.

Macadamia Natural Oil Nourishing Moisture Masque: "This luxe treatment reinforces strands for shinier, stronger, healthier-looking hair. After shampooing, coat strands from near roots to ends. Wait 7 minutes, then rinse." I think I actually already have this. If it is what I already have then I haven't noticed anything remarkable about this. It seems like a normal conditioner to me. 

Rusk Texture Dry Finishing Spray: "This medium-hold spray gives any hair volume and shape - while keeping its natural bounce. Shake well, and spray onto roots for extra oomph or your whole head for flexible hold." I will have to try this when I put my hair in a ponytail, and see if I can get more volume.

Wei Manuka Bee Venom Anti-Wrinkle Mask: "This treatment firms, softens, and minimizes fine lines, with a warm tingle as it works. Brush mask onto clean face, avoiding eyes, 1-2 times weekly. Wait 10 minutes, then rinse." I'm sort of nervous to put bee venom on my face! 

Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre (24-Hour Miracle Cream): "A makeup artist must-have, this cult moisturizer moonlights as a primer and makeup remover. Apply a small amount to clean face and neck, or dab on with a cotton ball to remove makeup." I am the most excited to get this in my box! I have seen the Pixiwoo sisters use this many times on their Youtube makeup tutorials.

Mirenesse Mattfinity Lip Rouge in Sydney: "Velvety color with a modern matte finish. No need for lip liner. This stain stays put. Glide wand over lips. Wear as is for bright color, or blot for a subtler look." I have noticed that matte lips have been "in" lately. I don't know if this color would look good on me.